- Title: SOUTH KOREA: COMPUTER GAME WITH FIGHTING WORLD LEADERS PROVING A BIG HIT
- Date: 13th January 1994
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (RECENT) (REUTERS TELEVISION - ACCESS ALL) 1. SV COMPUTER GAME BOX 0.02 2. CU GAME BOX WITH "HELLO, PRESIDENT" PRINTED ON IT 0.06 3. CU EIGHT LEADERS ON THE GAME 0.14 4. SV GAME WITH U.S. PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON AND IRAQ LEADER SADDAM HUSSEIN FIGHTING 0.23 5. SV KIM EUL-SUK PRESIDENT OF OPEN PRODUCTION DESCRIBING HOW HE GOT THE IDEA FOR THE GAME WHEN HE REALISED WAX IMAGES OF THE LEADERS WERE POPULAR. THERE ARE PLANS TO EXPORT THE GAME AFTER TESTING THE DOMESTIC MARKET (KOREAN) 0.31 6. SV PROGRAMMER DEMONSTRATING GAME WITH CHINESE LEADER DENG XIAOPING AND RUSSIAN LEADER BORIS YELTSIN 0.53 7. SV PROGRAMMER PLAYING GAME WITH FORMER BRITISH PRIME MINISTER MARGARET THATCHER AND FRENCH PRESDIENT FRANCOIS MITTERRAND FIGHTING 1.15 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: SEOUL, KOREA
- Country: South Korea
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- Story Text: A computer game called "Hello, Mr President", featuring no-holds-barred fights between eight world leaders is proving a big hit in South Korea.
United States (U.S.) President Bill Clinton attacking Iraqi President Saddam Hussein with traditional martial arts skills while Hussein fights back using wrestling holds is just one of the many scenarios players can choose from.
The eight leaders programmed into the games inlcude Clinton, Saddam Hussein, French President Francois Mitterrand, South Korea's own Kim Young-sam, Chinese senior leader Deng Xiaoping, Russian President Boris Yeltsin and former Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher of Britain and Morihiro Hosokawa of Japan.
All eight characters carry weapons which are meant to symbolise either their personalities or their countries.
The games were developed by software firm Open Production. Kim Eul-suk, president of Open Production said he got the idea for the programme when he realised wax models of the leaders were popular.
The computer game has been a great success on the local market, selling 5,000 in one month. The company also plans to export the games.
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